The Defunct Great Twickenham General Election Spectacular


May 7th is looming and you’re asking yourself the very straightforward question, “What is the twickerati position on who to vote for in the election?”. It’s a great question. Let us make our position absolutely clear. We regard elections as the very bedrock of our democracy. In fact, over the last ten years we have seen year on year increases in the number of references to democracy across the internet. Furthermore, we’ve shown our support for the use of the internet and social media by opening accounts on Twitter and Facebook and regard good communication as vital for hard working British families. So let’s celebrate the creativity and diversity we have in our midst, right here in Twickenham. We hope that clearly answers your question. Next!

Oh dear. Here at twickerati HQ we’re not very good at politics because we find it so difficult to give a straight answer to a straight question. And that is why we asked five local candidates to write 500 words each setting out their stall for the 2015 election. We said we’d include a link to their website and their profile picture too. They agreed. This is what they have to say to you…


Candidate: Vince Cable
Twitter: @vincecable

Vince Cable

Vince Cable

My name is Vince Cable and I’ve been the MP for Twickenham since I was first elected in 1997.

I have lived here in Twickenham for the last forty years; I raised a family here and my children attended local schools. Before entering Parliament I had a varied career, both in the UK and abroad as a diplomat, university lecturer and Treasury official specialising in economic development. In 1990 I took a job with Shell before being appointed their chief economist in 1995.

Throughout my time as your MP I have seen my first responsibility as representing local people and community groups. I have dealt with over 10,000 individual cases. I have been able to use this quite effectively when seeking to raise matters of local importance to local residents. I have been able to promote science and the Teddington laboratories and recently to lobby for colleges school funding which will enable the rebuild of Collis School’s Infants block.

I know many of you will have had a concern regarding my party’s decision to enter into coalition in 2010 with the Conservatives. This wasn’t a decision which was taken lightly. However it was the only way to ensure that the county had a stable government at a time of economic crisis. It certainly looks, now, as if the economy is moving in the right direction. Unemployment is at an historic low, the economy is now one of the strongest in Europe and we are seeing sustained growth. As Business Secretary I have been at the heart of the reforms which have enabled this to happen.

I have launched the UK’s long term industrial strategy; established the British Business Bank and the Green Investment Bank; built up apprenticeships to record levels, promoted gender equality; strengthened the minimum wage; and brought in legislation to strengthen consumer rights and the promotion of small business.

As a party of government Lib Dems have been able to deliver on those policies you voted for in 2010. We have delivered the raising of the income tax threshold to put an extra £900 a year back into the pockets of those in work; we’ve delivered the biggest ever rise in state pensions of £800 a year and have secured that through our triple lock; we’ve delivered the pupil premium which gives an equal start to our most disadvantaged children.

Looking forward I recognise the need locally for more affordable housing, to speed up the introduction of new capacity on the railways to increase care for the elderly outside hospitals through bodies like Homelink.

I am a strong opponent of expansion at Heathrow and have, for this reason, led that opposition locally. My party remains united against the airport bosses’ plans for expansion, a position which puts us at odds with Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne who have made no secret of their interest in seeing Heathrow expanded after the election. It is vital that Lib Dem MPs are elected to parliament to stop this happening.


Candidate: Tania Mathias
Twitter: @tania_mathias

Tania Mathias

Tania Mathias

As a local resident, councillor and NHS doctor, I am committed to achieving a brighter future for our area.
A future with better transport services,
good schools and opportunities for the next generation,
incentives for local and small businesses,
the Freedom Pass kept for the senior population,
a guarantee of a rise of at least 2.5% to the Basic State Pension,
an increase in the personal tax free allowance, a rise in the higher rate threshold, no new taxes on family homes,
and no third runway at Heathrow or night flights over our homes.

Living locally I care about our area and if I haven’t had the chance to meet you yet, I hope to soon.

As a local resident I have accompanied family members and neighbours when they have needed services at Teddington Memorial Hospital and that is why I recently invited the Health Minister Jeremy Hunt to visit the hospital. I pledge to protect Teddington Memorial Hospital as a great resource in our community.

I have also campaigned for specialist respite day care for residents with dementia, and I support our care services at Homelink and Shooting Star Chase Hospice. As a local councillor I have voted for the protection of services for the vulnerable such as hot meals on wheels services and our rehabilitation services. Our neighbourhood care groups are a vital part of our community which I support. As a local councillor I backed the referendum for all residents to give their views on Heathrow expansion in 2013, when nearly 80% voted against. Since I have highlighted the medical effects of night flights and supported local resident groups and Hacan campaigning against the third runway.

I also supported residents during the flood risk period last year and was responsible for the Council delivering sandbags to residents’ homes. On BBC News I called for maintenance of the Thames Barrier.

I have voted for the allocation of resources to increase primary school places in our borough – 500 new places since 2010 under our Conservative Council, and new sixth forms in our secondary schools.

I am also campaigning for Crossrail 2 expansion to Twickenham which would bring faster train journeys into central London and help commuters, visitors and businesses. Some stations are being upgraded for the Rugby World Cup but more local involvement in improving the stations is needed and more frequent services are needed on the Hampton line.

Twickenham could become the best place to live in Greater London.
Our health services are some of the best. I will protect them
Our parks and outdoor river areas are special . I will fight to prevent pollution.
Our businesses are world class. They need low corporation taxes which I will lobby for.
Our children deserve the best education. I will continue to promote excellence in the classroom.
Our older residents need good neighbourhood care and specialised services. I will campaign for them.
I hope to count on your support on May 7th.


Candidate: Nick Grant
Twitter: @nick4twick

Nick Grant

Nick Grant

Hello, I’m standing in Twickenham because the place I’ve lived in for 15 years needs a new, strong voice in Parliament.

I, like many people, feel angry about the decisions Vince Cable has made as part of the Coalition government. I struggle to see the difference he’s made to a typically divisive, private-knows-best Conservative government. Recent press releases that try to portray Vince Cable in conflict with his Cabinet colleagues should be seen for what they are: desperate attempts to avoid collective responsibility for right wing policies like the Bedroom Tax. It’s too little too late.

The Labour Party is based on a set of values that I know are close to the heart of the majority of Twickenham residents. The people I meet want to know that their MP and their government pursue policies that are fair to all members of society, that enable the talented to flourish regardless of background but look after the vulnerable. In challenging economic times they understand tough choices need to be made but want them to be principled, tolerant and inclusive.

Twickenham is blessed with some wonderful natural amenities. As a place it bursts with potential. But that was the same story when I moved to St. Margaret’s 15 years ago: unfulfilled potential. At the local level, I’ve seen Twickenham lurch between unsatisfactory Conservative and Lib Dem administrations with each much trumpeted plan for change (nearly always based on luxury housing and frozen council tax) failing to bring about a new vision for the area.

Significant opportunities for community development have been wasted. Just look at the stale thinking and dither that has dogged the Twickenham riverside development.

I think many people recognise that 2015 is a suitable time for real change. Vince Cable has had his chance. The Conservative Party will not bring change or new energy. It is hugely symbolic that the Conservative candidate is a serving councillor.

In many ways I believe I reflect a fairly typical Twickenham resident. I work in central London, my children go to local state schools, we enjoy the Thames and the nearby green spaces. By any national standard we’re fortunate. But as my children grow up I see the problems that lie ahead, and I share the concerns that I know so many of you have.

If I am elected as MP for Twickenham I will work hard to tackle those concerns, focusing my energy on the practical foundations that everybody depends on.

Health – protecting the NHS, investing in the doctors and nurses we need, calling the end of privatisation
Homes – building affordable homes, securing a fair deal for tenants so that renting families have stability in their lives
Work – proper apprenticeships for our young people that will give skills for life, backing small businesses, cutting then freezing business rates
School – a place at a good state school with qualified teachers, ending the chaos and expense of poorly planned free schools, lowering tuition fees.


Candidate: Barry Edwards
Twitter: @barrytwickukip

Barry Edwards

Barry Edwards

I am a family man and run a business within the Borough. I am an environmental scientist, an analyst and believe in the rigorous scrutiny of information.

You can be sure that all the other parties, whether they like it or not, will agree that I like the truth. I have tirelessly campaigned for the last 15 years to ensure the interests of local people are put first. I believe that the other parties are untrustworthy and have lost touch with people.

After the Council elections last year, UKIP went on to win the European Election and win the next 2 Parliamentary by-elections and as of the 3rd December 2014 reached 3rd place in the National Polls at 25%. If this is reflected in the General Election in May 2015 UKIP will expect to get 128 MPs.

The Truth about this General election has been eloquently detailed by Sir David Attenborough. Visit my website to see what he says.

The Truth about UKIP is well documented, that we would wish to maintain strong economic trading with Europe, but we no longer want the UK to be run by the EU. But less well appreciated is that many of our other policies are there to cope with and solve the problems of the ever increasing over-population that Sir David describes; it’s affects on all aspects of society, our cost of living and quality of life for everyone in the UK.

UKIP is the only party which supports Sir David’s view and is brave & wise enough to implement policy to deal with this rocketing population increase. Any self respecting environmentalist has to vote UKIP to stop this over-population.

Just this week (1st March 2015) that population increase is over 300,000 per year. But how many people is this? It is a city the size of Birmingham every 4 years, this simply cannot continue without huge problems for everyone. The majority of this increase is from the EU and the Lib Dems, Conservatives, Labour and the Greens have not told the truth; in fact over-population is where the real pressures on the NHS, schools, services for the elderly and the threat to our open spaces is being generated.

Contrary to what the other parties say, in recent by-elections UKIP has just proved itself to be at the centre of British politics, by taking as many votes from Labour (Reds) as Conservative (Blues) – and as we all know, Red and Blue make Purple. So by voting UKIP you get UKIP and we are just as likely to form a Government as these parties, if we get the same support as we did last year, when we won the European election.

UKIP is the only party that will stop the Lib Dems, Conservatives, Labour and the Greens putting Government, Political parties and Company shareholders ahead of your interests. We will put you first.
Please visit my website – Find the facts before you vote.
Local policies for local people.


Candidate: Tanya Williams
Twitter: @greentanyaw

Tanya Williams

Tanya Williams

The Green Party’s Tanya Williams will improve people’s living standards while protecting precious natural resources. Greens strive to link up areas of policy, for example creating transport policies which improve our health. Our economic policies fulfill human needs not corporate greed. We believe education, transport and health are better organised by the government than by corporations.

Education – state funded for all ages:-
Twickenham’s population has grown faster than primary school places available. Parents in some areas struggle to get a school place at all. I will fight to ensure that every child is educated as close as possible to home, mainly within walking or cycling distance.
We will:
· oppose academies because schools should be run in the 
interests of children and communities, not for private gain,
· remove state subsidies for socially divisive private and faith schools, and
· scrap tuition fees because an educated population is the bedrock of civilized society and benefits everybody.

Make work pay:-
Under this government inequality has reached the point where one thousand of the country’s richest people own more wealth than the poorest 40%. We support better pay and work conditions, especially for the low paid. Some Twickenham residents on low wages or facing unfair benefit sanctions have been forced to use food banks.
I will fight for social justice by:
· ending punitive benefit sanctions,
· raising the minimum wage to a genuinely living wage,
· abolishing zero hours contracts, and
· tackling corporate and individual tax dodging which robs communities of £5 bn a year.

Affordable homes for everyone:-
A secure and affordable place to live is a basic human need. In Twickenham there is not enough housing, and existing stock is often too expensive to buy or to rent. We will make housing affordable and sustainable, ensure there is enough to go round, and improve quality and security for tenants in private rented accommodation. We need to return housing to its original purpose: providing each of us with an affordable and sustainable home.
We would:
· abolish the bedroom tax,
· devolve housing benefit budgets to councils,
· end council house sales and the ‘Right to Buy’, and
· build 500,000 council owned homes.

Improve public transport and curb pollution:-
I support the introduction of a 20mph speed limit by consent on roads where people live and work. This would make Twickenham less polluted and safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
We would also:
· take railways back into public ownership,
· reduce bus, train and tube fares,
· introduce taxation on aviation fuel to reflect its true environmental costs, and
· oppose Heathrow expansion.

Support small businesses:-
Several independent businesses have closed in Twickenham and Teddington due to high rents, short leases or steep rates. I support local pro-business initiatives because they keep money in the local area, create employment and provide social interaction for people.

The Greens will:-
· cut VAT on tourism, the lifeblood of many businesses, and
· defend local shops and communities from chain store invasion.


That’s it. Thanks to all the candidates for their pieces. So, who’s going to be announced as Twickenham’s MP in the early hours of May 8th? Don’t just wait until polling day to have your say, do it right here, right now too.

(And keep it vaguely polite)



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145 responses to “The Defunct Great Twickenham General Election Spectacular

  1. This item is now closed to further comments.

    A new, near identical, election item can be accessed here. Click to go but be aware it’s cloud to new comments.

    And here’s the Election Results item. It’s a shocker… Vince is out and Tania is in. Go there now.

  2. barryedwardsukip

    Don’t believe the blogs, this was buried very deep in the House of Commons Library, because it is not in the interest of the “EU gang of 4” Libs/Labs,/Cons and Greens to let people know the real figure. The British people might actually work out how little sovereignty they have left:

    House of Commons Library
    How much legislation comes from
    RESEARCH PAPER 10/62 13 October 2010
    Vaughne Miller
    It has increased since this date. The Common agriculture and fisheries EU influence is now 83%. The highest out of all areas of legislation.

    European Parliament – Hans-Gert Pöttering
    The European People’s Party (EPP) MEP and former EP President, Hans-Gert Pöttering,said just ahead of the June 2009 EP elections:
    Elections will decide the composition of the European Parliament for the next five years. Today approximately 75% of the European Union legislation is decided by the European Parliament together with the Council of Ministers and has a direct impact in our daily lives.

    [edited for length]

  3. Sally

    Mr Edwards. Sigh. The police are obliged to give any complaint a number. However silly. Whether it was the best use of police time is another question . (“lads! drop the murder investigation! there’s a chap here who has been called a landscape gardener!”)

  4. barryedwardsukip


    The answers I have given are very clear, as everyone can see.

    Your intention to “be wicked, act shamelessly, stir endlessly”; because “sometimes in politics you’ve got to lie” (Charles Kennedy) is very clear.

    It is very shameful for the Lib Dems to behave this way and you really have nothing else to add here unless you are actually prepared to look at real numbers and policies.

  5. barryedwardsukip

    Dr NHS’s allegation has been given a crime reference by the Police and will be investigated. Making false statement, as detailed in Section 106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983, is a criminal offence.

    The reason for the Act is to ensure that there is a robust basis to democracy and that elections should be free from undue influenced by false statements about candidates. “Twickerati” maybe contacted in due course by the Police and they may want to know other contributors identities. I trust they will receive every assistance with their investigations.

    I hope this unpleasantness is now over, this forum is about the election, so can we please stick to the point and leave out personal remarks.

    I have contacted Twickerati accordingly.

  6. dellboy

    Thanks for the info, it seems you can cherry pick what you want from these facts. It’s a bit confusing, I think thats what they want.

  7. Sally

    Mr Edwards yes or no seems to be beyond you still.
    The other candidates give their adresses. It is standard.
    You don’t as far as I can see. As I said, candidates can live anywhere, no problem with that, it’s allowed.
    . From your response. it seem you do not presently live in this constituency although feel attached to it for the reasons you gave. Asking if a candidate lives in the constituency seems a reasonable question , do you think we shouldn’t ask?
    You don!t seem to have answers to my questions about the practical applications of the policies described. Denying children of immigrants State funded education for 5 years and similarly,not treating immigrants with life threatening illnesses such as HIV. Asked about the children who would then not be educated at all , or the people who would suffer terribly you have no answers either for how you would enforce this and how deal with dissenters.
    You seem to be pretty terrible at answering questions about the specifics of medical or social care problems unless you can divert onto your favourite cliches.

  8. barryedwardsukip


    First you have no right to ask other people’s addresses when you don’t offer your own identity or address.I still live within a mile of Twickenham, Given my friends and family ties and my daily routine, I call Twickenham and Richmond the place where I live and I am very active for local residents groups.

    I lived in St Margarets for 24 years and still have a business in the Borough, so what about you? I think that you know you don’t even need to even live in the area to represent your constituency under election rules, so I don’t understand your point here.

    There is no repelling of the smoking ban, just the offer of smoking rooms, by demand of customers, or landlords. Its called choice.

    The NHS has a clue in the name, the National Health Service. It is not the IHS, International Health Service, with the UK tax payer funding medical treatments for everyone on the planet. Even if I wanted this, which is a nice idea, we cannot afford it, without UK tax payers having ever increasing waiting times for their treatments.

    You are rather sensational about the practices that have been normal practice in the NHS since 1948. It is only since 2004 that the Labour party and then the Lib Dems Conservative Coalition and then the Greens also joined in, to suggest that the EU should make decisions about our NHS. This is where it all has gone wrong. Medical practitioners are professionals and will do no harm and save life, it is down to politicians to make the books balance and using the EU calculations of Professor Tim Congdon it costs our economy a EU net loss in fees, welfare payments and lost trade deals, a total of 200 Billion per year. A small part of this would solve the NHS shortfall very easily.

    Who are these children roaming the streets? Oh yes all the victims of social services that have no funding because of the EU political parties Lib Dems, Labour, Conservative and Green have sacrificed these public services to pay for an unaccountable socialist, expansionist EU experiment. Frankly I will put the children ahead of spending money on the EU any day. But you see the “EU gang of 4” have to spend our money on the EU first, because it is in the Treaties. And don’t lie to the British people, there is no mechanism for renegotiation, so stop saying this.

    I will be making a statement shortly on Dr NHS’s preoccupation with calling candidates dishonest.

    You know, I am for free speech, I loved the removal of the blasphemy laws, I love the freedom of expression and live and let live. But I do not condone people breaking the law, or the law to be used as a means of subjugation, This is why we have Parliament and wise people should be elected to ensure our laws are just. Not MP’s that make dodgy expenses claims and certainly not local self appointed critics, who are biased towards there own opinion.

    The reason I am in politics is not about what I think, it is to get power for local people. Maybe that is why the Old parties want to stop this happening so that they can keep the general public down.

  9. Sally

    Mr Edwards, a couple of questions.
    While,as far as I can tell the other candidates give their addresses, so far yours is an intriguing blank. Do you live in this constituency, which you propose, nay, assume you will be representing? Yes or no will do.
    Do you agree with your party’s ideas of repealing the smoking ban, banning State funded medical treatment for immigrants with serious illnesses such as HIV ,or State funded education for immigrant children for five years?Yes or no in each example will do.
    How would you propose enforcing this? Medical staff are unlikely to agree to letting people die in agony before them for want of medical help, and society is probably going to be unhappy with children roaming the streets isolated and ignorant.
    If yes or the last two,: you have threatened a poster on this site for suggesting that you were a landscape gardener . What would you plan to do with those who refuse to fall in with ostracising these groups?

  10. barryedwardsukip


    UKIP opposes the inclusion of health services in the TTIP trade deal between the European Union and the US. The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is being negotiated by the unelected EU Trade Commissioner behind closed doors. Astonishingly, MEPs have no power to make amendments to any agreement the EU makes on international trade, nor does our elected UK government.

    I agree with UKIP’s health spokeswoman Louise Bours MEP who states; “We have listened to the trades unions representing health workers, and agree with them that TTIP is a very grave risk to the NHS. Personally I am more inclined to believe health professionals on this issue than Mr Cable the former Chief Economist of a huge multi-national corporation, who is used to putting profit before health.”

    “We are not anti-free market, but we are anti-NHS privatisation and TTIP risks widespread privatisation under our very noses. As an independent nation we would be in a much better position to negotiate our own international trade agreements.”

    The only solution of course is to leave the EU and bring back democratic accountability to law making and our own trade deals in the national interest- only UKIP campaigns for this. Only UKIP can deliver this.

  11. dellboy

    A question for our PPC’s.
    What are your views on TTIP please?

  12. Sally

    Feedback from Rulis Hustings event relayed to me via mutual work in a local charity:
    Some candidates were not prepared for specific questions and seemed to have no thoughts at all about the concerns facing disabled people. The UKIP bloke in particular resorted to slogans and catchphrases.

  13. barryedwardsukip


    I am a Director of a company that has several operating divisions.
    St Margarets Landscaping operated between 1993 and 2006. So it closed 9 years ago and any inquiries that I receive through the website I pass to a friend of mine who I trained and who runs Thames Landscaping. He knows exactly when my landscape design days ended. Dr NHS has no right to call me dishonest and this “smear tactic” comes to an end here.

    The River Thames Visitor Centre has operated between 2001 to date
    Kaetalist Consultancy has operated between 2006 to date.

    I don’t understand why Dr NHS wishes to accuse me of dishonesty, as there are no facts to support this allegation, The websites that Dr NHS has cited are both out of date and this has been brought to his/her attention, but he/she has still persisted. The Police are being consulted on this matter with evidence of his/her comments on this site.

    If they find that Dr NHS is doing this to make false statement to influence the voting in an election, then a criminal prosecution will take place. We will now move on to ask questions about who Dr NHS is and why he/she his trying to discredit election candidates during the election period. His/her action and inquiries bear no relevance to the Election and the important matters that need to be discussed.

    I will only be participating on reasonable matters to do with the election in future. The truth cannot be blocked by Dr NHS’s kind of obfuscation and the EU gang of 4 (Lib Dem, Conservative, Labour and Green) are not going to be allowed to to hide what is going on in the EU from the British public.

    • Alexis

      Mr Edwards, somewhat grandiloquently describes himself thus: “I am a Director of a company that has several operating divisions.” It would probably be more accurate had he told us that he is the only Director”, since there are no others listed.

      That said, since his business, Running Red Ltd, has its registered office and HQ at a modest semi in Isleworth, it must be one heck of a squeeze to fit in all the operating divisions. One of which is:
      As is my wont, I had a look and promptly retired hurt – it seems to be some sort of lifestyle coaching routine which has nothing whatsoever to do with his environmental science expertise. Apart from anything else, having read his ranting posts would you seek lifestyle, people skills or any other advice from this man?
      I know this has become tedious but Mr Edwards has extraordinary tenacity. I repeat my advice to him – concentrate on your business and flogging your boat. Politics is not your forte.

    • dellboy

      Barry, in your election info you say that over 73% of our UK laws are written by the EU.
      I googled it and found only 14% of laws and 53% of things affected by the EU; With the 53% I think they are referring to stuff like standardising of minor details such as motorway signage etc.
      Where does the 73% plus come from?

    • nemesis

      If I may ‘but in’ in reply to Dellboy;
      It is very difficult to assess how many laws are not of UK origin since it can be measured in different ways:- Are you talking Laws, Statutory Instruments, Directives etc and over what period of time. Some are temporary.
      A better explanation can be found here;
      I do not always agree with Dr. Richard North but his research is very thorough.

    • nemesis

      You might also appreciate this posting which was right after Farage and Clegg debated the EU last year when Clegg claimed 7% and Farage 75% law was of EU origin.
      He fisked both of them and as you will see – the truth is a lot more nuanced than that being claimed.

  14. nemesis

    Thank you Tanya for your response – which is more than I ever get from Vince.
    You talk of tax avoidance of the multi-nationals (presumably the likes of Google, Starbucks as well as the foreign owned water and electricity companies) and this you blame on the laxity of HMRC. You do of course realise that they can off-shore their tax-liabilities on British earnings entirely legally due to EU treaty rules. The E.U that you wish to remain a member of.

  15. Anonymous

    We saw the long ranting letter from UKIPs Edwards in The Richmond and Twickenham Times. Just shows when you scratch a kipper hard enough or push them into corner all that pent-up bigotry just pours out.

  16. Alexis

    Just the one letter published in the R&TT was it Mr Edwards? How about the one about Poundland Sq vs Kings Sq from “name and address supplied”? A simple denial will suffice but please, no more torrents of indisputable facts or factoids.
    This candidate seems to have a somewhat unusual way of trying to win votes – perhaps that’s how he conducts his business, Running Red Ltd?
    I don’t know what it does apart from it’s business classification of “landscape services” (ref: cylex). If so, that probably explains the state of its accounts.

    I suspect that Mr Edwards would be well advised to dump his ambitions to be a “future legislator”, stop threatening people with police action – LibDem C’llr Gareth Roberts and Dr NHS – and concentrate on recovering his business activities. Whatever they are.

  17. Alexis

    I wouldn’t be over-concerned about Barry Edwards’ repeated threats, Dr NHS. I doubt that the police will be throwing massive resources in support of his claims of pre-election malfeasance, also, I doubt that his UKIP boss, Nigel Farage, needs yet another no-hope maverick queering his pitch.
    Perhaps its time that the press noticed what’s going on here – has anyone got any contacts?

  18. Sally

    Mr Edwards. Thanks you for giving us all a terrible glimpse into a hypothetical reality in which you held any elected power and how you would behave if so.
    The mind boggles.In the middle of your frequent claims to be an expert in various areas you were asked if you were the Barry Edwards landscape gardener listed on a website.
    You denied this utterly.”wrong!, poor research! ! you cried.
    Except that, you are the person listed . It is you, not anybody of the same name etc.Unless you are suggesting that you have a doppelgänger also in St Margarets.
    All anybody needs to do is type in ‘ Barry Edwards gardener’ and a lot of listings come up,
    Now,given this, your statement wasn’t true, was it?
    Your response to having this pointed out is to threaten.
    it is astounding that you have been put forward as a serious candidate to represent the people of the Borough..

  19. barryedwardsukip

    Yes, it is wonderful that finally a letter of mine has been uncensored and published in the RTT this week. The letter details the real issue in the election and the information within it was taken from the governments own official sources of information. (Try and discredit that).
    Office of National Statistics (ONS): Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR):

    No matter how hard you try and fudge the facts with personal insults, or accusations, the facts will not change. The Lib Dems, Conservatives, Labour and Greens are not telling the British people the truth on the following Top Ten facts:
    1) 73% of UK law is made by EU.
    2) The national debt far from George “Mr Cuts” Osborne’s clever touch reduced, it has actually increased from 800 Billion (Labour) to 1,5 Trillion (Lib Dem & Conservative).
    3) The net EU migration figure is 300,000 per year; a city the size of Birmingham every 4 years; this is totally unsustainable.
    4) The EU parties; the gang of 4, the Lib Dem Conservative, Labour and Green are discriminating against non EU countries? (Proof David Cameron catch on video on my website). These parties may not even realize what they are doing, but if you look real hard it is very obvious.
    5) The NHS, School places, GP waiting times, housing pressures are related to 2 things, a) what services your have and b) what demands you place upon them. Since 1998 an extra 6 million people are living in the country. These parties may claim it is “bed blockers”, drunks and the elderly, they mean us, but everyone really knows the government has not increase provision, so it is obvious why there are waiting list etc because there is increasing EU competition for these public services, as population increases. The clue is in the name, it is the NHS – National Health Service, not the IHS – International Health Service!!
    6) Vince Cable rather naively suggested if we were not in the EU it would affect Brits in Spain and France etc. Well a) the EU is not a country it is a “closed Shop” communist organisation; it is not Spain or France and b) I have freely moved about Europe all my life, its called a passport, or Visa. The UK is not part of the Schengen Area, so we do not have to accept this EU migration and in fact the UK and Ireland maintain opt-outs:
    7) Why does Vince Cable fail to wish to debate the economics of the EU with Professor Tim Congdon, who has proved that the net financial lost of the UK of being in the EU is 200 Billion per year. Having this additional income would solve all our public services issues and repay the national debt over 10 years.
    8) Why don’t the EU gang of 4, stop being communist minded and restricting their trade to the EU (only a 500 million people market) and increase there horizon by trading with the individual countries in Europe plus the Commonwealth (2,1 Billion people) plus the USA, China, Japan, other far east countries etc, you know all the rest of the world. Forget the EU; it is a dying closed shop, let’s do what we do best and make our own trade deals in the world.
    9) Why do the Greens think they are environmentally aware, when there are agreeing with the largest ecological disaster we have ever faced. Namely over-population from the EU and the threat this poses to agriculture, open space and wildlife habitat. You have agreed to huge house building programmes, what are you doing? No self respecting environmentalist can accept this.
    10) Why do the Labour party think that they are immune to all this, when all the documentary evidence shows that they caused most of these problems.

    And finally I have a question:
    Are you all so caught up in your own party political squabbling that you have lost sight of the real issue, what are we going to do to help the UK?
    Please stop the bigotry and start saying what you would do to solve these problems and enter the debate positively.

    • Barry Edwards has overlooked a fundamental issue: since few people like or trust him, it’s highly unlikely they would select him as their representative in the House. I for one will seek someone who I feel I can rely on to represent my concerns. I also look for an intelligent, empathetic human being.

  20. barryedwardsukip

    Dr NHS,
    After no apology has been forthcoming for calling a candidate “dishonest”, during an election period, the matter will be notified to the Police on Monday. You have inexcusably mixed up your request for accurate information with a clear allegation. I will leave the rest to the police.

  21. Dr NHS

    Just looked at the UKIP interview on Whitton Weekly.
    Rather surprised Mr Edwards didn’t blame the stiff breeze (which rendered him pleasingly inaudible at times) on Immigrants and suggest that pulling out of the EU would represent a cure; he seemed to suggest this as a panacea for everything else. Frankly, I’m rather surprised that as a polymath and universal expert he cannot control the weather, too.

  22. Chris Squires, you are right, the ‘interests of ordinary people’ are at front and centre of all Green policies. As for utopian, surely optimism is a good thing. As Aldous Huxley wisely pointed out in 1937, “so long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable.”

    If the Greens seem idealistic it is because we are the only party challenging the powerful corporate lobbies who drive many coalition policies pro-austerity, privatisation etc. For example the chair of a government inquiry into carbohydrates including sugar, was actually a paid adviser to Coca-Cola and Mars. Cons, Lab and LibDems are all dancing to the corporate tune while passing the predictable increasing inequality off as ‘sensible’ and ‘difficult but necessary’.

    Do come to a hustings as suggested before, I’ve got 3 more, 14 April, 21 April and 22 April, details here:

  23. Ex-Twickenham Resident

    Mr. Edward’s ppb for the Whitton Weekly.

    A LOT of Wind!!!

  24. nemesis

    Party election broadcast on behalf of the Greens?

  25. Alexis

    My word Mr Squire is becoming even more of a sad old curmudgeon – I don’t recall reading the words “populist” or “utopian” in anything Tanya Williams of the Green party has written. Perhaps I have missed something and Mr Squire could correct me. I wonder if he is now writing as a freelance rather than a LibDem activist? If so, perhaps he or they should let us know.
    Even though she stands little chance of election, I like several of her party’s ideals and hope that some will be adopted by whoever governs us for the next 5 years.
    I also note that, as usual, Mr Squire still can’t bring himself to apologize for his somewhat tasteless reference to the Tory candidate Tania Mathias as “hard faced”. Anyone who has met her in person will know that she is anything but. Perhaps Mr Squire would like to do so at one of the hustings or is he reluctant to come out in daylight?

    • I’m in agreement with Alexis on her support for some of the Green Party policies. I certainly hope that Green policies will be important to whichever collection of parties we end up with on May 8th (or soon thereafter). If Greens are part of the mix I for one will be glad.

  26. Tanya, this is what ‘populist utopian’ means:

    ‘Populist . . adj. Intended to appeal to or represent the interests of ordinary people . . ‘

    ‘Utopian . . 2. a. orig. and chiefly depreciative. Of a vision, plan, etc.: expressing or founded on an unrealistic belief in the perfectibility of society; excessively idealistic; impracticable; (of an ideal condition) illusory, unattainable. Now also in neutral or positive sense: idealistic, optimistic.’


  27. Dr NHS, we’ve all got the Richmond Chamber of Commerce hustings at RACC tonight, 5.30pm. £25 per head if you can afford it plus cash bar. Maybe the candidates you mention are busily polishing their presentations for the event. Bookings here, candidates from both Richmond and Twickenham will be there:

  28. Please can we hear as well from Nick Grant and Tania Mathias, now that the philosopher/scientist/landscape gardener polymath seems to have vanished, possibly exploded from a build up of his own outrage ?

  29. Hi Chris Squire,

    ‘populist utopian’ – might you like to elaborate? I don’t see that calling for social justice is utopian, merely long overdue after a 5 year coalition. And I have no shame in being a former LibDem. Many of us deserted them when they showed their true Orange Book colours.

    Do come talk to me in person to me at a hustings, my list is here:

    Best, Tanya

  30. Riversidevoter

    UKIP’s pronouncements on global trade and development aid show them up for the Colonel Blimps they are, “Gad Sir, We must refuse to take part in global trade unless arrangements are made to hold it in the British Empire”. They don’t seem to have noticed the global economy has moved on since the 50s and whilst Commonwealth leaders are nice to the Queen it doesn’t mean they are going to refuse a good deal with China or other emerging economies in favour of supporting some entitled small island trying to live on it’s past “glories”.

    Much as I am disillusioned with national politics Vince Cable has also done a good job in terms of understanding the world economy and what we need to do to succeed in marketing UK PLC to the rest of the world.

  31. Alexis

    Oh dear,
    How typically ungentlemany of Mr Squire – perhaps he should look in the mirror and ponder about the reflection before describing the Tory candidate as “hard faced”. Yet another tasteless gaffe Chris? Perhaps he should join Michael Fallon in the sin bin.
    PS: Well spotted Riverside voter – rats! You beat me to it.

  32. twickerman

    Barry Edwards is probably still the owner and curator of the River Thames Visitor Centre, which he has tried hard to sell over recent years…